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How The Heck Did Manu Ginobili Manage To Put His Foot Right Through His Sneaker During A Game This Week?

Submitted by on February 28, 2014 – 10:20 amOne Comment

The phrase “shook him right out of his sneakers” is a phrase that’s used pretty often when it comes to basketball. Whenever a player uses a quick crossover on a defender and makes him fall or slip, an announcer will frequently say that the player “shook him right out of his sneakers.” But during a Detroit Pistons/San Antonio Spurs game earlier this week, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili literally got shaken right out of his Nike Air Max Closer IV sneakers. As you can see in the photo above, Ginobili’s foot ripped right through the sneaker and basically destroyed it. Here’s a video of him doing it during the game:

So what in the world happened here? Was Ginobili wearing a pair of defective sneakers? Are the Air Max Closer IVs not sturdy enough for Ginobili? Or was this just a freak accident? Well, as it turns out, Ginobili actually slid out of his sneaker because he has been wearing that particular pair of sneakers since 2009. Although he has access to just about any Nike sneaker he wants—and although he’s favored wearing Nike LeBrons in recent years—the Air Max Closer IV is one of his favorites. So he continues to wear the sneaker that he started wearing five years ago. And the result was a busted shoe the other night.

Moving forward, Giniboli has already said that he’s going to stop wearing older model Nike sneakers and get back into Nike LeBrons. He’s got a few pairs of LeBron 11 sneakers on the way and those are going to be his new go-to sneakers. “I have a few NIKEiDs on the way,” he said after he blew his sneaker out the other night.

But what do you think about what happened here? Do you think that this is a bad look for Nike? Or do you think that Ginobili just put his Air Max Closer IV sneakers through too much in recent years? Let us know in the comments section below.

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